The Maine Law Review hosts an annual symposium on a topic selected by the editors of the journal.

The most recent symposium Connecting Law and Legislature: The Legacy of Ed Muskie, took place on Saturday, November 15, 2014. It was part of a day-long “Centennial Celebration” of Edmund S. Muskie on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The series of events was co-sponsored by the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine School of Law, Southern Maine Community College, and the Muskie Archives at Bates College.

The symposium brought together former colleagues of Ed Muskie with contemporary scholars and leaders of the bench and bar. They discussed the enormous impact of Muskie’s public service and its continued relevance today. The symposium consisted of three panel discussions:

  • An Environmental Law Panel, with Professor Richard Lazarus, Harvard Law School; Leon Billings, former Muskie Chief of Staff; and Professor Joel Goldstein (moderator), St. Louis University School of Law.
  • A Model Cities and Urban Development Panel, with Professor Kellen Zale, University of Houston Law Center; Don Nicoll, former Muskie Executive Assistant; and Dean Peter Pitegoff (moderator), University of Maine School of Law.
  • An Access to Justice Panel, with Justice Howard Dana, Maine Supreme Court (retired); Justice Andrew Mead, Maine Supreme Court; and Bob Hirshon (moderator), former President of the American Bar Association.

Past Maine Law Review Symposiums have focused on:  Local Food || Global Food: Do We Have What It Takes To Reinvent the U.S. Food System? (2013) and Who’s Governing Privacy? Regulation and Protection in a Digital Era (2014).